November 25, 2014

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Various levies to populate November ballot across Medina County

Two townships and two villages are asking voters for a little more money in November.

Harrisville Township and Chippewa Lake Village are asking for an increase in millage on top of renewal levies for maintenance of streets, roads and bridges.

Sharon Township is looking for a renewal and increase for fire and rescue services, while Seville Village wants a replacement police levy.

The four new money issues are among 13 issues the Medina County Board of Elections is expected to certify for the Nov. 4 ballot at its meeting today.

Chippewa Lake Mayor Joanne Dodaro said the prolonged cold of last winter damaged many village roads, and the increase in funding will help ensure upkeep on potholes.

“This was a really bad winter and we had many more potholes,” she said.

Harrisville and Chippewa Lake are asking for an increase of 0.5-mill, which would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $17.50 a year. The road fund money also goes to support projects funded mainly by the Ohio Department of Public Works.

“We’re fortunate enough to get some grant money to do those repairs, but it requires an 11 percent local share,” Dodaro said.

Sharon Township’s request for an additional 0.25 mill to support fire and rescue services would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $8.75 a year.

Township Trustee Raymond Lurtz said the increase is needed to keep up with inflation.

“It would bring in about $55,000 per year, and it’s just because costs for everything have gone up,” Lurtz said. “This is just to cover our current expenses and keep up with things.”

Seville voters will see a 2-mill, five-year replacement levy on the ballot that will provide money for police services.

Other November issues include renewal and replacement levies and liquor sales options. No school levies are on the ballot. The deadline for filing issues for the November election was Wednesday.

Board of Elections Director Carol Lawler said she doesn’t anticipate any objections or issues with the paperwork that has been filed with the board.

The city of Rittman also has two items pending before the Wayne County Board of Elections, which also will certify issues to the ballot at a meeting today. The city issues are:

• 1-mill, five-year renewal levy for fire.
• 2.3-mill, five-year replacement levy for ambulance and EMS.

On the ballot
The following issues are expected to be certified today by the Medina County Board of Elections for the Nov. 4 ballot:
Cities
Medina
• A 2.2-mill, five-year, renewal levy, commencing in 2015, for ambulance and emergency medical service.
Wadsworth
• A local option to allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at Patron’s Mexican Grill in Ward 1, Precinct C.
• A local option to allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at The Wadsworth Tavern in Ward 4, Precinct A.
Townships
Chatham
• A 2-mill, five-year renewal levy, commencing in 2014, for fire and rescue.
Granger
• A 0.5-mill, five-year renewal levy, commencing in 2015, for streets, roads and bridges.
• A 1.5-mill, five-year renewal levy, commencing in 2015, for fire and emergency medical services.
Guilford
• A 1-mill, five-year renewal levy, commencing in 2014, for streets, roads and bridges.
Harrisville (including Lodi Village)
• A 1.5-mill, five-year renewal and increase levy (1-mill renewal and 0.5-mill increase), commencing in 2015, for streets, roads and bridges.
Sharon
• A 2.25-mill, five-year renewal and increase levy (2-mill renewal and 0.25-mill increase), commencing in 2015, for fire and rescue.
Villages
Chippewa Lake
• A 2-mill, five-year renewal and increase levy (1.5-mill renewal and 0.5-mill increase), commencing in 2015, for streets roads and bridges.
Lodi
• A 5-mill, five-year renewal levy, commencing in 2014, for operating expenses.
Seville
• A 2-mill, five-year renewal levy, commencing in 2014 for current operating expenses
• A 2-mill five-year replacement levy, commencing in 2014 for police.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.